Our trustees are volunteers and members of the Lawscot Foundation Board. They help us to set out our strategy and offer advice on achieving our charity goals. Our trustees keep a check on our finances and activities and take overall legal responsibility for the charity. Our trustees have a wide range of experience across different professions.
Before the merger of McGrigors with Pinsent Masons, Christine was the Risk & Knowledge Management Partner and a member of the Board of McGrigors.
She then became General Counsel for Pinsent Masons and headed up the Risk, Compliance and In-House Legal Services Group. In May 2013, she retired as a partner in Pinsent Masons to explore consultancy and non-executive opportunities.
Christine has an extensive record of involvement with the Law Society of Scotland. She joined the Council in 2005 and has served on the Society's Board since its inception in 2009. Prior to that, she was a member of the Strategy and Governance Group, as well as being the Convener of the Education & Training Committee since 2007. In that role, Christine was responsible for delivering the new route to qualification, working with the Education & Training Policy Team.
Laura Butcher is a chartered PR practitioner. She is Head of Communications at the Law Society of Scotland, the professional body and regulator of Scottish solicitors. Her team has a wide remit, including media relations, digital communications, brand management and public affairs. Laura has 15 years’ experience of working in communications in not-for-profit organisations. Laura has been a charity trustee and board member of Keep Scotland Beautiful, a national environmental charity, since 2015.
Following a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Public Relations, Laura started her career working in Sydney during the Olympic Games in 2000 before returning to the UK to work in the busy press office of Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park. Following this stint in the tourism sector, Laura moved into the not-for-profit sector, with communications roles at environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, where she worked on campaigns encouraging the public to change their behaviour. A move to Edinburgh saw Laura take up a communications manager role at professional body and regulator the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) before moving to the Law Society of Scotland.
Laura is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and a trained CIPR mentor, which sees her mentoring young communications professionals.
Jon is an experienced finance and risk executive with over 20 years of experience. Having gained a degree in Mathematics from St Andrews University, Jon went on to work for the international accountancy firm PwC for ten years, working mainly with financial services clients. Jon then joined the Clydesdale Bank, initially in Internal Audit and was latterly the Head of Financial Governance until 2011. Jon also served as Head of Finance for Citizens Advice Scotland between 2013 and 2016. Jon is currently Head of Assurance for Heriot-Watt University, where he is responsible for all aspects of risk management for the university. Jon has been a trustee and officer of a number of local, national and international charities over 20 years and has a wealth of experience of the not-for-profit sector.
Yvonne has been a law lecturer at the University of Dundee since 2013, teaching tax law and aspects of family and commercial law. She previously worked as a tax, trusts and succession solicitor in two large Scottish firms. Latterly, she was an associate with a professional support role, which involved mentoring trainees and newly qualified solicitors. In her current role, she has an interest in embedding professional skills into the LLB and improving employability. She is responsible for undergraduate admissions to the LLB, engaging with a range of school pupils and promoting wider access to law.
Lord Ericht (Andrew Stewart) is a judge in the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary. He went to Perth High School and studied law at Edinburgh University. He started his career as a solicitor, working in the City of London and Edinburgh, before becoming an advocate. During his time as an advocate, he worked mainly on commercial cases, but also spent four years prosecuting murders and other serious crime as an advocate depute. He was a part-time law lecturer in the Université de Lorraine, France. He was Clerk of the Faculty of Advocates, one of the elected office bearers of the Scottish Bar. In that role, he took an active part in encouraging people from all backgrounds to pursue a career as an advocate, and worked on widening-participation initiatives along with Edinburgh University Pathways to the Profession, the Sutton Trust and others.
Gordon Jackson QC
Gordon Jackson QC (Dean of Faculty) became an advocate in 1979 and took silk in 1990. In 2016, he was elected Dean of Faculty after holding the office of Vice-Dean of Faculty since 2014. He served as an advocate depute from 1987 to 1990 and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Govan from 1999 to 2007. He has extensive experience in the criminal courts, instructed as defence counsel across the full gamut of criminal practice, including trials and appeals.
Gordon is held in high respect for his no-nonsense practical approach, coupled with his eloquent oratory and dexterity in interpreting the key relevant facts of a case, earning him a reputation as a well-instructed and feared opponent at the criminal Bar. He called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1990.
Gavin is a Partner at Turcan Connell, working principally in the fields of charity law, succession and trusts. He is the Head of Turcan Connell's Charities Legal Team and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in charity law. He is a member of the Charity Law Reform Committee of the Law Society of Scotland and the Charity Law Association Standing Tax Committee. Gavin's work in the area of charity law includes the establishment and reorganisation of charities, from royal charter bodies and major public trusts to smaller active and grant-making charities. He also advises a number of national institutions, arts bodies and historic houses. Gavin is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and trained at W & J Burness WS and Turcan Connell. He is General Editor of the Scottish Private Client Law Review and author of the Scottish chapter of Tolley's Charities Manual and is a trustee of a number of charities, including Live Music Now Scotland, of which he is the chairman.
Graham currently leads on all income generation via the social enterprise arm of the youth volunteering charity ProjectScotland. With a background and degree in Marketing & Advertising, he has over ten years’ experience in fundraising at a senior level across the charity sector. His wide-ranging fundraising experience covers: corporate giving, events, community fundraising, individual giving, donor stewardship/development, social enterprise and large appeals. He previously worked for both Amnesty International & Plan International in their main London headquarters and joined ProjectScotand in his most recent role on his return to Scotland in 2016, allowing him to focus on his passion for helping young people.
Kevin is currently a trainee solicitor at Shepherd and Wedderburn.
The Rt Hon James Wolffe QC
The Rt Hon James Wolffe QC became an advocate in 1992 and was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Ministers from 2002 to 2007, the same year he was appointed Queen's Counsel. From 2007 to 2010, he served as an advocate depute.
Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013, James was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in 2014.
He was appointed as Lord Advocate on 1 June 2016. The Lord Advocate is the senior law officer of the Scottish Government and is the head of the system of prosecution and investigation of deaths in Scotland.